As a guest on The Chevy Chase Show (1993) on October 4, 1993, Dan Aykroyd tells a story about he and Chase being pursued by a truck full of paratroopers, while on-location in Morocco. Aykroyd had taken a snapshot of the military unit, who then pursued them at high speeds back to their hotel, where they evaded detection by abandoning their Jeep, and hiding inside a van with curtains in the windows. The next day, as a prank, Aykroyd had John Landis tell Chase that he had been arrested, and should expect them to be coming for him next.
The "Ace Tomato Company" is most likely a reference to United Fruit (now Chiquita Bananas), a company widely known to have been involved with the C.I.A. in the 1950s. The connection is subtly underlined, with the name of one of the Generals, Miegs. One Henry Meiggs, an American business magnate, operating in South America, was the uncle of one of the founders of what would become United Fruit.
In 2009, Family Guy (1999) presented something of a sequel to the movie called Family Guy: Spies Reminiscent of Us (2009), featuring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd as themselves, on another spy mission. They explain that President Reagan appointed them real-life spies after seeing the film.
The song, "Soul Finger", played by the Russians on a portable cassette deck was, as Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd) says, recorded by the R&B group the Bar-Kays, and released in 1967. The song was covered by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's band, The Blues Brothers, for their 1980 album "Made in America".
Playing Colonel Rhumbus in this spy spoof, Bernie Casey had, at the time, recently appeared in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), where Casey had played American C.I.A. Agent Felix Leiter.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Landis): (Looking directly into the camera): Aykroyd's character looks directly into the camera, a.k.a. breaking the fourth wall, when he realizes how the launched missile can be successfully stopped.
The answer to Emmett Fitz-Hume's (Chevy Chase's) question regarding who led the American League in home runs in 1953, is Al Rosen of the Cleveland Indians. Coincidentally, the last name Rosen was used as an alias (Dr. Rosen) in Fletch (1985), also starring Chevy Chase.
The final scene with the chess pieces represents Eastern Europe being knocked down. This pre-dated the revolutions of 1989, where Eastern European nations overthrew their Communist regimes, leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
In total, there were nine cameos by Directors, which included: Costa-Gavras, Sam Raimi, Terry Gilliam, Joel Coen, Frank Oz, Michael Apted, Larry Cohen, Martin Brest, and Bob Swaim. None have directed Dan Aykroyd or Chevy Chase in any of the one hundred plus films any one of them has made.
In Chuck (2007), season three, episode three, "Chuck Versus the Angel de la Muerte", a Communist country called "Costa Gravas" is featured. The name of one of the actors playing a Tadzhik Highway Patrolman, is Costa-Gavras.
This is one of six movies, with which Terry Gilliam (Dr. Imhaus) and Charles McKeown (Jerry Hadley) have been involved, in one capacity or another. The others include Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Life of Brian (1979), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), and Time Bandits (1981).
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Landis): (gung-ho troops): The troops at the military training facility constantly make a "hut-hut-hut-hut" sound while training. The same sound was used by the Police S.W.A.T. team, near the final scene of The Blues Brothers (1980).
Frank Oz: The director of several hit movies, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), as well as performing Miss Piggy, Grover, and Yoda, is the FSB test administrator about fifteen minutes into the film.